Many pregnant moms and new parents feel sad, worried, anxious, and overwhelmed. Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services has established a new, free and confidential HOPEline which can connect people with help and resources – 1-844-MOM-HOPE (1-844-666-4673).
The warmline, called HOPEline, makes it easier for women, family members and physician offices to call to ask questions and get help. It’s not a hotline that is answered immediately; instead people can leave a message with the promise of getting a return call within one business day and thus the name warmline.
Pine Rest Mother and Baby Program and the outpatient clinic network staff collaborated to create this service. Clinicians from both divisions will staff the HOPEline. They will provide information, screening and if needed referrals and quick access to specially-trained outpatient clinicians who are experts in treating perinatal mood disorders (PMD). A recommendation for the daytime Mother and Baby Program could also be made.
“Calling for help can be scary. We wanted moms to be connected to an expert who can reassure them that help is out there and they will feel better,” says Lesley Hetterscheidt, Ph.D., Pine Rest Northwest Clinic. “We also wanted to encourage doctors to screen new moms and know there is a place to call for more information if they are concerned and want to talk about options. We want to eliminate barriers so more moms can get help and feel better.”
In fact, a perinatal mood disorder (PMD) is the most common complication of childbirth, affecting one in seven new moms and one in 10 new dads. They may experience some or most of these symptoms:
- Excessive worry/nervousness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Emotional pregnancy
- Scary thoughts
- Sleep problems
- Change in appetite
- Difficulty making decisions
- Sadness and depression
- Overwhelmed by a premature birth
- Shame or guilt about parenting ability
- Loss of interest in normally pleasurable activities
The good news is that these conditions are highly treatable. Pine Rest started its Mother and Baby Program in December 2012. Only the third of its kind in the country, the service is a day treatment program lasting on average five days and treats a number of perinatal mood disorders. It provides a unique opportunity for women to receive treatment in an environment which enhances mother/baby bonding.
The program includes the addition of a nursery, allowing mothers to bring their babies with them. Bringing their child removes many barriers to women seeking treatment such as separation from their baby, childcare and feeding issues. It allows staff to work with mother and baby teaching them the skills needed to bond and eliminating poor outcomes for the baby.
The program runs five days a week, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pine Rest’s main campus on 68th Street SE in Grand Rapids, Mich. To get help and resources, call the HOPEline at 1-844-MOM-HOPE (1-844-666-4673).
About Pine Rest
Pine Rest is one of the five largest free-standing behavioral health providers in the U.S., offering a full continuum of services including inpatient and partial hospitalization, residential and outpatient services, addiction treatment and recovery, extensive child and adolescent programs, senior care services, as well as specialized assessment and treatment clinics. In addition to the main campus in Grand Rapids, Pine Rest also has 17 outpatient locations throughout Michigan and two in Iowa. Pine Rest achieved a historic milestone in June 2010 when the organization marked 100 years of service. You can learn more online at www.pinerest.org.